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The Hong Kong Protest spreads to Auckland, New Zealand…

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In praise of David Seymour & solidarity with Hong Kong protest at Auckland University today

I know.

I can’t believe I wrote it either.

But, praise, when it is due.

While I had serious issues regarding the Euthanasia Bill and am still not convinced of it, the dignity in which Seymour has debated the issue and shepherded it into legislation that is reasonable and with compassion is to be respected, as his his extraordinarily brave criticism of China yesterday, something no other MP has had the spine to do.

This latter move is made more principled when you consider how many Chinese New Zealanders live in his electorate.

I disagreed with his Gun vote, but respected and understood it, and his support of free speech is also solid.

I would never vote ACT but this Parliament would be a lesser place if he were voted out in 2020.

Speaking of criticising China, solidarity with the Hong Kong protest at Auckland University today…

Hong Kong protesters gather at Auckland University

Hong Kong democracy supporters have gathered on the campus of Auckland University, after an encounter with pro-Beijing students turned physical last week.

About 100 people sat in the university’s quad on Tuesday morning, some wearing black face masks. A couple of police officers and campus security guards watched over them.

Last Monday, pro-Beijing students were involved in a scuffle with Hong Kong democracy supporters at the university, and a woman was pushed to the ground.

…as tensions in Hong Kong mount and the possibility of a Chinese crackdown, we need to ensure passionate debate here in NZ doesn’t become violent.

 

Excerpts from:

Stuff

Hong Kong protesters gather at Auckland University

 

zfat.jpgProtesters donned face masks in solidarity with the Hong Kong demonstrations.

Hong Kong democracy supporters have gathered on the campus of Auckland University, after an encounter with pro-Beijing students turned physical last week.

About 100 people sat in the university’s quad on Tuesday morning, some wearing black face masks. A couple of police officers and campus security guards watched over them.

Last Monday, pro-Beijing students were involved in a scuffle with Hong Kong democracy supporters at the university, and a woman was pushed to the ground.
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The Chinese consulate issued a statement praising the pro-Beijing students involved in the confrontation, which led to Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters reiterating New Zealanders’ rights to peaceful protest and freedom of expression.
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Jiayong Zhou an Aucklander originally from mainland China.CHRIS MCKEEN
Jiayong Zhou an Aucklander originally from mainland China

 

 

In contrast with similar demonstrations in Australia, Auckland’s event on Tuesday was free of physical conflict.

There was a disturbance when a pro-Beijing man appeared holding a sign saying 港独暴民: “Hong Kong independence mob”. Loud arguments broke out, but the tension quickly dissipated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Police seek identities of people involved in Hong Kong protest that turned violent at Auckland University campus

31 Jul, 2019 11:21am

 

 

Dispute between China and Hong Kong students gets physical at the University of Auckland Video / Serena Lee

Police have spoken to a woman who was filmed being shoved to the ground in a Hong Kong protest that turned violent at the University of Auckland and are seeking the identities of the others involved.

Meanwhile the university’s vice-chancellor Stuart McCutcheon sent an email to all staff and students late on Tuesday urging respect for freedom of speech.

“I have been informed of recent disagreements and disputes on campus between students who have different views of the events in Hong Kong,” McCutcheon said in the email.

University of Auckland has launched a formal investigation after a Hong Kong protest turned violent. Photo / Youtube.
University of Auckland has launched a formal investigation after a Hong Kong protest turned violent. Photo / Youtube.

A video of three Chinese men, believed to be students at the university, clashing with protesters on campus was uploaded on YouTube and shared on social media sites on Monday evening.

 

“The incident on Monday led to what we consider to be a conduct issue and the university is investigating accordingly,” McCutcheon wrote.

A Hong Kong protest turned violent at the University of Auckland on Monday. Photo / Youtube.
A Hong Kong protest turned violent at the University of Auckland on Monday. Photo / Youtube.

“It is my expectation that all members of our community will respect our commitment to academic freedom and freedom of speech. This means that while people may have different opinions on a matter, they are expected to express those opinions in a manner that respects the rights and opinions of others.”

McCutcheon said he had asked campus security to ensure the safety and security of those at the university.

University student Serena Lee, 27, who was accosted by the three pro-Beijing men during the protest against a controversial proposed extradition bill in Hong Kong, said she made a police report at the Auckland Central station on Tuesday afternoon.

A police spokesman said: “Police have spoken with the complainant and inquiries are ongoing into this matter.”

Anyone with information about the identities of those involved are asked to contact Auckland City Police on 09 302 6400 quoting file number 190730/1344.

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